Yesterday was a rather gloomy day around these parts, and so it seemed like perfect hot chocolate weather. It also seemed like perfect soup weather, but since I’m still in holiday hibernation mode we had pizza! Hot chocolate however, is something I can handle! I don’t know if you’ve ever had the Williams-Sonoma hot chocolate, but it is absolutely decadent. It’s also $20! I have splurged on it in the past, but this year I thought I’d try my hand at making my own. From what I could tell, the WS version is just shaved chocolate, so I bought the best chocolate I could find at the grocery store, and I put it through the grater on my food processor. How much easier could that get?! Just like with the truffles, the better the chocolate, the better the final experience, but start out with chocolate chips and work your way from there. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that this kind of chocolate requires milk instead of water. Powdered hot chocolate mix usually has powdered milk, but when all you have is chocolate, I think you need some kind of dairy. If you have allergies, I’m sure soy milk would work just fine. If you’re using an unsweetened or bitter chocolate, you’ll need to experiment with sugar. For the chocolate chips, just at milk and chocolate shavings to a saucepan, and heat until smooth. Serve these up with some homemade marshmallows, and you’re in for quite a treat!
Of course, the step up from the saucepan stove-top method is the Cocoa Latte. I think this is the best invention. It heats and mixes your hot beverages, and when they get to cool, it reheats them. I didn’t understand them until I first used one, and then I was hooked! I should probably become a distributor for these people, because I’ve sold at least 5 of my friends on them!